Nissan's Juke Might be the Next Big Thing
Controversial looks might have their detractors, but that doesn't mean the Juke isn't a winner in the making.
The controversial new Juke crossover super-mini is making quite a stir at the Nissan exhibit here at the Geneva Motor Show. While it certainly has the looks to divide the fickle automotive press, the question remains whether it can conquer the hearts and wallets of car buyers. We think so.
Nissan has superb experience taking a conventional segment and turning it on its head; take the hugely successful Qashqai, for example. So we see no reason why the Juke won't do the same.
Certainly, the Juke knocks the spots off Nissan's other Geneva world debut, the all-new, much more conservative Micra. The Micra represents everything in the super-mini segment that the Juke stands against.
Something of a cruel irony, no? Looking from one to the other, it's difficult to believe they come from the same manufacturer. Still, at least the Micra will have a low price tag.
We already knew plenty about the Juke ahead of the event, but just to recap, the radical exterior is matched by a motorbike-inspired interior with vibrant coloring.
It's option packs a-go-go, and the top-spec model features a new 190-horsepower turbo gasoline-powered engine and the very latest All-Mode 4x4-i drivetrain with torque vectoring — like a Porsche 911 Turbo.
All the rest make do with front-wheel drive and a choice of a 1.6-liter gas or 1.5-liter dCi turbodiesel engine. The new Nissan Dynamic Control System combines the major interior functions and looks cool doing it.
Elsewhere on the Nissan stand is the all-electric Leaf, showing its aerodynamic face in Europe for the very first time, ahead of going on sale here later this year.
This is intended to be a very real alternative to a regular family hatchback, capable of 100 miles on a single charge. This is as green as you can go, but you'll need a hefty budget.
An 80 percent charge is possible in just 30 minutes with the Leaf's quick-charging system, while a full charge takes around eight hours using a standard power outlet.
Finally, the Nissan 370Z Roadster is also on display here, alongside show debuts for face-lifted versions of the Nissan Qashqai and Qashqai+2, boasting new looks and better aerodynamics and economy.
A new eco-variant of the Qashqai sees CO2 emissions drop as low as 129g/km, achieved via weight reduction, further aerodyamic improvements, new gearing and low-rolling-resistance tires.